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SDPPA Shares Way Keep Cooling Costs Down During the Summer

For most households, summertime may also mean escalating cooling costs. The San Diego Plumber and HVAC Association (SDPHA) however says cooling bills can be kept at bay with a few home adjustments, and intentional choices to keep cooling costs from surging.

The SDPHA says everything starts with the right choice of Air Conditioning system. However not all homeowners get to choose theirs especially those who have bought the home from another property owner. In this case, the SDPPA says partnership with a reliable HVAC technician can be the key.

According to the SDPHA, periodic HVAC routine inspections scheduled before the onset of the summer season can rule out possible issues within the home air conditioning system. Filters for instance can be replaced or cleaned. Clogs can be removed if any, so that the air conditioning unit should not work harder than it should be and use up even more energy. The SDPHA underscores, periodic inspection prior to the summer months can also spare households the inconvenience of a malfunctioning HVAC or Air Conditioning Unit during the heat of the summer.

The United States Department of Energy bas come up with a long list of tips on how homeowners can reduce their air conditioning costs during the summer months. One of the ways they mentioned is to use the thermostat to help curb costs.

“Set your thermostat as high as comfortably possible in the summer. The smaller the difference between the indoor and outdoor temperatures, the lower your overall cooling bill will be.

Keep your house warmer than normal when you are away, and lower the thermostat setting to 78°F (26°C) only when you are at home and need cooling. A programmable thermostat can make it easy to set back your temperature.” The rest of the Energy Department’s advice can be found here

Here are other ways that can help reduce air conditioning costs:

  1. Ensure that the whole home is tightly sealed so that hot air would not get in and cold air will not seep out of. International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials
  2. Use drapes and curtains that block out the sun during daytime, and keep cool air inside the home longer.
  3. Avoiding the use of the oven and stovetop, instead, cooking is best done using the grill or slow cooker. The heat that is produced by the stove and the oven can affect the temperature inside the home, and make the air conditioning system work harder.
  4. Make use of ceiling fans. Ceiling fans help a lot in cooling people as it blows air in a specific area. It can also be turned on when not in use, helping the home gain more savings.

The SDPHA says there are additional tips to ensure that air conditioning bills will not go overboard during the summer months. Homeowners however should be willing to make the few adjustments in their habits, and exert a bit of effort around the home.

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